2020 cohort

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Annette Omune

Kenya

Operations Development Manager, SolarNow Services. The problem Annette is exploring is renewable energy access and economic empowerment for women, focused on uncovering the dynamics that prevent women from being primary decision-making and accessing financing.

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Queenie Nyati

Uganda

National Coordinator, African Evangelistic Enterprise, Uganda. Annette is working on workforce development in the context of one of the world's youngest populations (77% under 30), with a particular focus on learning systems.

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Asanda Madosi

South Africa

Learning and Development, Youth Employment Services. Asanda is working on youth employment and sustainable economic opportunities, engaging in issues around race, economics, inequalities, and youth empowerment.

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Barbara Otieno

Kenya

Business Analyst, Energy 4 Impact. She is working on gender equality in access to clean energy solutions and the capital needed to participate in them.

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Beatrice Chemutai

Kenya

Founder and Manager, Asili Initiative. Beatrice is tackling issues around livelihoods and inclusion in rural area, looking at both farm and off-farm nature-based solutions in the areas of income generation, finance, and technical and technological improvements in agriculture and agro-forestry.

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Elsie Appau-Klu

Ghana

Regional Representative, Africa, Acreaty Management, PLC. Elsie seeks to address frequent flooding in Accra, looking at issues of environmental management and infrastructure.

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Gustave Manishimwe

Rwanda

Rwanda President, Young Farmer's Initiative. Gustave is investigating the area of waste management, and recycling, especially cast-off tires, looking at not only ecological effects, but also social, managerial, and policy issues that contribute to this problem.

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Hussein Noor

Kenya

Chief of Party, Livestock Management Systems, Mercy Corps. Hussein is addressing issues around climate change and resulting effects on the livelihoods of pastoralists. He is exploring questions around the impacts of governance, economic, cultural, and other regimes at different scales.

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Lamnatu Adam

Ghana

Executive Director, Songtaba. Lamnatu's problem area is the inequalities and discrimination women and girls face, resulting in (among others) poor economic opportunities and vulnerability to the effects of climate change. This work tackles strongly entrenched and deeply intertwined social, cultural, governance, and other issues.

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Levlyn Asiedu

Ghana

Manager, Resource Mobilization and Communications, Hope for Future Generations. The problem Levlyn is working on is in the areas of sanitation and waste management, and these are intertwined with environmental, health, and many other issues.

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Mary Jane Enchill

Ghana

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, HATOF Foundation. Mary Jane's focus is on wetlands management and ecological services. This involves environmental issues, but many social dynamics as well, such as traditional uses of wetlands by households. 

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Olawumi Samuels

Nigeria

Proprietress and Coordinator, 1st Offsprings Creche. Education is the problem area Olawumi is exploring; specifically, what are the family, community, cultural, economic and other contributors to good learning? She hopes to understand the dynamics and strengthen the connections amongst these different elements. 

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Obiora Obasi

Nigeria

Programme Manager, Fundraising and Enterprise Development, Ikeoha Foundation. Obiora is working in the area of social entrepreneurship for fair, meaningful work. The problem he is exploring is how to create such work opportunities for the marginalized and disadvantaged.

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Rasak Adekoya

Nigeria

Programme Officer, Sightsavers International. Rasak works on issues of inclusion for persons with disabilities, at advocacy and policy levels, and is particularly exploring how to make development, itself, inclusive.

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Ray Nkum

Ghana

Co-Founder, Mo'Go urban mobility technology start-up. Ray is digging into the problem of entrenched social, political, and cultural factors that maintain our currently over-consumptive and exploitative development systems - and how to change them.

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Rhoda Malgas

South Africa

Lecturer, Faculty of Agri-Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Founder, Small Things Fund. She is working on making social-ecological education more accessible and developing life-time education practices.

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Rushka Ely

South Africa

Programme Lead, Western Cape Economic Development Partnership. Rushka is interrogating how to create collaborative development practices that both nurture the environment and respond to peoples' needs for housing, jobs, and other human activities on the land.

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Tunmise Raji

Nigeria

Design and Development Engineer, Equatorial Power. Tunmise is exploring the renewable energy-agriculture nexus in Africa, particularly focused on government policies, private sector development, and sustainability - both social and environmental.

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Victor Fasakin

Nigeria

Chief Operating Officer, Seedavest Multinational Resources. Victor is exploring the challenge of knowledge translation and transmission on farming practices, from older to younger generations, including capacity building and creating new and appropriate platforms.

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Zenariah Barends

South Africa

Senior Consultant, Community Chest of the Western Cape. Zenariah is investigating issues of leadership in development. This includes understanding leadership in times of transition, organisational resilience, and building collaborations to create transformative change.

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Per Olsson

Programme director

Per leads the Stockholm Resilience Centre’s stream on Resilience Science for Transformation. His research is in agency, social-ecological innovations, transformations to sustainability, and how to reverse current trends of crossing critical thresholds and tipping points in the earth system. Per previously co-lead the Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation and currently is serving as the director for the BALTIC-LEAD program. Per has invested heavily in facilitating interactions among scientists, policy makers, artists, businesses, and the public, through a variety of initiatives. For example, he is co-founder of Coral Guardians, which serves as an innovation space for combining music, policy, and science. He was also the co-founder of SHIFT, an accelerator for start-ups and social-ecological entrepreneurship. He served as the scientific advisor to MacGillivray Freeman Films, Incorporated IMAX film, Coral Reef Adventure, and was also the national coordinator for the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program in Sweden.

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Lauren Hermanus

Content expert and facilitator

Lauren is the founder of Adapt, a network-based sustainable development practice. She is most thrilled by the integration of knowledge and imagination in service of speculative futures that interrupt unsustainable and unjust societal configurations. She has worked on sustainable development in the public and private sectors, which she continues to do, with strong links to academic research centres. Her development practice and research is strongly grounded in her mentorship under the late Paul Cilliers, with whom she completed an MA in complexity and philosophy (Stellenbosch University). She has also more practice-centred training through her MPhil in development policy and practice (University of Cape Town). From 2016-2018, Lauren was the South African lead, through the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), on the international GREEN-WIN project. This was an interdisciplinary collaboration focused on bottom-up actions for a low-carbon transition, with UCT leading on energy poverty, and on rural and urban climate resilience. Lauren focusses on decentralised and distributed development challenges. She is currently reading for her PhD, focusing on decentralization in sustainable energy transitions. She also has an interest in public leadership and governance, interrogating issues of corruption and state capture in developing country contexts. 

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Scott Drimie

Content expert and facilitator

Scott is a Senior Researcher and facilitator working on food systems in southern Africa. Taking a largely political economy lens, he has focused primarily on food policy and the facilitation of new institutional arrangements for food system governance. Scott’s academic career pivots on his role as Associate Professor (Extraordinary) in the Department of Global Health and at Complex Systems in Transition (CST) through the School of Public Leadership. He co-designs and facilitates learning processes across many of the thematic areas at the CST. Scott has directed the Southern African Food Lab since October 2013. This is a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together actors in the regional food system to identify and pilot innovative means to achieve long-term, sustainable food security. This is done through the use of collaborative learning and facilitation approaches. The Food Lab is housed at the Faculty of Agri-Sciences at Stellenbosch.

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Michele-Lee Moore

Content expert and facilitator

Michele-Lee has a background in global governance, water, social innovation, and international policy. She is currently the Director of the Sida-funded Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for development programme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm University, and co-lead of SRC’s Transformations research stream. Her research focuses on social innovation, transformations for social-ecological resilience, and water governance; and she invests considerable time in mobilizing knowledge for real-time development projects with practitioners. From 2013-2017, Michele-Lee was the co-lead of the Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation. She also leads the Water, Innovation, and Global Governance Lab based at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, Canada.

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Loretta Rose

Curriculum design and group facilitator

Loretta has a background in international development and intercultural education and has worked around the globe providing support to change-makers through process facilitation, capacity building, curriculum development, writing, and project management. She has worked with the University of Waterloo in various support roles on the Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation, the WISIR online learning modules, the Banff Centre Getting to Maybe residency, the J.W. McConnell Foundation/WISIR’s LabWise social innovation lab process, and is currently lead consultant working with a team at the University of Cape Town’s Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship to build a systems innovation community of praxis, called systems play. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Modern Languages, Intercultural Education, and Political Science (International Relations).

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Ncedisa Nkonyeni

Facilitator

Ncedisa is the Social Systems Innovation Project Manager at the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business’s Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She leads the Africa regional hub of the global systems play team - a support and resource node for systems innovators pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals. She is also co-convener of the Social Entrepreneurship and Systems Change Executive Education course delivered by the Bertha Centre. She is deeply curious about what happens at the intersection of social justice and systems thinking, with a particular interest in the potential for counter-narratives to shift the values and beliefs that uphold unjust systems.  

Currently reading for a Masters in Philosophy (Inclusive Innovation) at the Graduate School of Business, her research question is around the institutional work that is necessary and possible to bring about inclusive education. Her academic background is in Clinical and Research Psychology (University of Cape Town and the university currently known as Rhodes, respectively). Her work and research experiences span a variety of sectors including film policy analysis, popular culture and oral history, gender, and identity. 

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Cecilia Emilsson

Project coordinator

Cecilia has experience in the development cooperation sector in Latin America and in the Embassy of Chile in Stockholm, where she worked with international trade and promotion. She is passionate about development with a focus on gender and intersectionality. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and a Master's degree in Gender Studies and Political Science from Lund University. In addition to supporting Transforming Change, she works with BALTICLEAD, formerly LEAP, in the Baltic+ region.